Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily ∙ Today ∙ Parade ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ PopSugar ∙ Katie Couric Media ∙ Book Bub ∙ SheReads ∙ Medium ∙ The Washington Post ∙ and more!
Who else is a fan of enemies-to-lovers? If you’re raising your hand right now, then this novel from Emily Henry is for you. With a huge list of awards for Most Anticipated Book, will this novel live up to its soaring expectations? Only you can be the judge of that!
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One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
“That’s the thing about women. There’s no good way to be one. Wear your emotions on your sleeve and you’re hysterical. Keep them tucked away where your boyfriend doesn’t have to tend to them and you’re a heartless bitch.”
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
Nora Stephens, a ruthless literary agent in New York, is convinced by her younger sister Libby to spend the entire month of August in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. Both sisters were raised by a single mother who passed away when Libby was in high school. Nora has dedicated her entire adulthood to making sacrifices for her sister’s well-being and providing for her.
Coincidentally, Charlie Lastra, a charming book editor Nora knows, is in Sunshine Falls, his hometown. Charlie is helping his parents run their local bookstore, and he and Nora end up editing a book by one of Nora’s clients, Dusty Fielding. While working together, Charlie encourages Nora to pursue her original dream of becoming a book editor, and Nora realizes her growing feelings for him.
However, Charlie’s commitment to his family and the bookstore complicates their budding relationship. Nora thinks a long-distance relationship would be too difficult, and Libby reveals that she intends to move to Sunshine Falls permanently. Initially, Libby hoped to persuade Nora to join her, but ultimately, she encourages Nora to pursue her aspirations in New York instead.
After the trip, Nora returns to New York, and Charlie remains in Sunshine Falls to assist his family. However, a few months later, Charlie informs Nora that Libby has taken over running the bookstore, and his father’s health has improved. He decides to move to New York and plans to propose to Nora.
In summary, Nora takes a vacation to Sunshine Falls, where she meets Charlie, and together, they edit a book. Despite their growing feelings for each other, their differing commitments and Libby’s plans to move to Sunshine Falls cause complications. However, in the end, Charlie relocates to New York, and the book concludes with him preparing to propose to Nora.
The protagonist in Emily Henry’s latest novel has captured our hearts. As fans of her work since her debut novel, A Million Junes, we were initially drawn to her unique blend of magical realism and growth-oriented storytelling. While we were initially hesitant about her pivot towards romance, her latest book, which centres around the bond between two sisters, has won us over completely!
You’ll find yourself relating to the book-obsessed Nora, our cold and tough protagonist who is also deeply kind on the inside. And Charlie, the male lead, certainly meets my requirement for being obsessed with the main character. The book is filled with delightful banter and has a satisfying, happily-ever-after ending that ties up all the loose ends. A big shift from other romance novels, we appreciate that the book acknowledges the struggles of being vertically blessed. This novel has everything you’ll love: dream jobs, tropes, mean-girl characters, and books.
The story of Nora and Charlie shows us that life can be unpredictable, and sometimes the people we meet and the places we visit can change our lives forever. Nora’s trip to Sunshine Falls not only allowed her to rediscover her love for editing but also helped her to realize her feelings for Charlie. Despite the challenges they faced, they both found a way to pursue their dreams and make their relationship work.
Furthermore, the story emphasizes the importance of family and the sacrifices we make for the people we love. Nora had always put her sister’s needs before her own, but in the end, Libby encouraged her to pursue her aspirations and find happiness. Charlie also demonstrated his love for his family by helping them with their bookstore and making sure his father received the care he needed.
Overall, the story is a heartwarming reminder that life is full of surprises, and we should always be open to new experiences and opportunities. It also shows that true love and happiness can be found when we follow our hearts and pursue our dreams, no matter where they may lead us.
If you’re looking for a heartwarming small town love story about love, family, and pursuing your dreams, then Nora and Charlie’s story is a must-read. Their journey reminds us that life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes the people we meet and the places we visit can change our lives in unimaginable ways.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters as they navigate the complexities of their relationships and personal ambitions. The story is a beautiful tribute to the sacrifices we make for the people we love and the power of following our hearts and pursuing our dreams.
So, if you’re in the mood for a captivating read that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted, then look no further than this remarkable book.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Book Lovers spicy?
We couldn’t call Book Lovers clean, but we wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s spicy either. If your child is thinking about reading, it might be best to skim through it yourself before making judgement!
What is Book Lovers by Emily Henry about?
Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Charlie, meanwhile, is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. He also happens to be Nora’s work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the one men date before finding their happy-ever-after. Nora’s sister, Libby, persuades her to swap her city desk for a month’s break in Sunshine Falls, in the hope she might enjoy a holiday romance.
What should I read if I like Emily Henry?
Here are some recommendations for Emily Henry lovers!
- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
- Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
- You Have a Match by Emma Lord
- Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler